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TO REQUEST POST-DECREE MEDIATION
  • You or the other party want to modify your court order about who has authority to make decisions concerning your children and/or the schedule for parenting time or grandparent visitation, AND
  • You and the other party do not agree on the proposed modification, AND
  • You want to try mediation to resolve decision-making and/or parenting time or grandparent visitation issues, AND
  • You have an existing case and case number in this Court and a final judgment, decree, or order concerning custody or parenting time (or grandparent visitation) has previously been signed by a Judicial Officer, AND
  • The prior case was for one of the following actions, involving the same child(ren) as in this case:
    • "Paternity," OR
    • " Paternity plus Legal Decision Making (Custody), Parenting Time and/or Support," OR
    • " Legal Separation" or "Divorce" "With Children," OR
    • "Grandparent Visitation,"
*NOTE:
  • A "Joint Request for Post-Decree Mediation" is not the appropriate paperwork to resolve the following issues:
    • Child Support
    • Enforcement of current court orders
    • Cases in which there are allegations of child abuse or CPS involvement
    • Modification of custody order earlier than one year after the date of the previous order
  • If you file this Request in error, the mediation fee will NOT be refunded to you.
  • If this is a PRE-DECREE matter (meaning an Order, Judgment or Decree has not been issued by the Court in your case), you must use the PRE-DECREE Mediation packet instead.

WARNING! THERE MAY BE A $200 FEE IF ONE OR BOTH PARTIES FAIL TO ATTEND A SCHEDULED MEDIATION. IF ONLY ONE PARTY FAILS TO ATTEND, THE ENTIRE $200 FEE WILL BE ASSESSED TO THE PARTY. IF BOTH PARTIES FAIL TO ATTEND, EACH PARTY WILL BE ASSESSED HALF ($100) OF THE $200 FEE. IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND OR NO LONGER NEED MEDIATION, REFER TO THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO PROVIDE PROPER NOTICE TO AVOID HAVING TO PAY THIS FEE.

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This packet contains court forms and instructions to file a Request for Mediation, or if the parties agree a Joint Request for Mediation, in Family Court cases involving Legal Decision Making (Custody) and visitation issues of the parties' child(ren).

Packets
Title File English Spanish
Request for Post-Decree Mediation dradm9 PDF PDF

The individual forms and instructions below are already included in the Packet(s) above. If you choose to download the documents individually, make sure you get ALL of the instructions and ALL of the forms. Be sure the documents are in the following order:

Instructions
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Instructions and Procedures for Requesting Post-Decree Mediation dradm91h PDF PDF
2 Instructions and Procedures for the optional Joint Request for Post Decree Mediation dradm92h PDF PDF
Forms
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Request for Post-Decree Mediation dradm91f PDF PDF
NOTE: Use either the "Request" above or "Joint Request" below, but not both.
2 Joint Request for Post-Decree Mediation (optional) dradm92f PDF PDF
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